Caroline Mendes Ferreira
Captain Rostron I admire him very much for his work as captain on the night of the Titanic disaster, because it immediately changed their course the speed of 17 knots. For this he was commended for his action.
He has never been overlooked. He has always been praised for his heroism that night.Captain Rostron is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked heroes of the Titanic tragedy. From the moment Captain Rostron was informed of the distress messages received from Titanic, every order he issued was intended to get to the stricken ship as quickly as possible, all the while preparing his own ship to receive the survivors and give them the care they needed.
Top speed for Carpathia was about 14.5 knots, but Rostron ordered extra stokers to create the additional steam that would accelerate the ship to more than 17 knots. Rostron even ordered a reduction in the ship’s heating system so that more steam could be diverted to the engines. This extra speed was not without a significant degree of peril, however, as Carpathia endured its own hazards, dodging icebergs along the entire 58-mile route.
Much later Rostron noted that the safety of his crew and passengers, and the survival of any Titanic survivors they might reach, “depended on the sudden turn of the wheel.” As Carpathia steamed through this obstacle course, Rostron assembled all of his officers and issued a myriad of orders. He had his ship’s lifeboats lowered in case they were needed to assist in the recovery of survivors. He assigned the three doctors under his command to specific stations in order to administer medical care. He oversaw the conversion of public areas on the ship, as well as the officers’ cabins, into spaces where survivors would be provided with blankets and hot drinks while they recovered from their ordeal. Finally, he saw to it that chair clings and other apparatuses were constructed in the gangway to hoist aboard children and the injured.
This was a very big risk for Rostron to take, and had the Carpathia struck an iceberg itself, his "heroic deeds" might not have been perceived as such. However, luck was on his side and the rescue went as well as it could under the circumstances.
By many accounts, whether it be Hollywood or literature, he has not been given the credit due to him. If you doubt this, ask some random people about the Titanic and see how many know about Rostron. In my opinion, he's greatly overlooked.He has never been overlooked. He has always been praised for his heroism that night.
Well, I'll admit, he wasn't given credit in James Cameron's Titanic movie. In it, the Carpathia racing to the rescue isn't shown (apart from a brief bit at the end that shows survivors on it).By many accounts, whether it be Hollywood or literature, he has not been given the credit due to him. If you doubt this, ask some random people about the Titanic and see how many know about Rostron. In my opinion, he's greatly overlooked.
And to side with James Cameron. I do understand where he came from in regards to this. Just like the Californian's scenes being cut, Cameron ultimately had to focus on the Jack/Rose story. That's the story he was telling and wasn't intending to make a documentary. I know a lot of us Titanic buffs would have loved to see more, but sadly that's not why the general public bought a movie ticket.Well, I'll admit, he wasn't given credit in James Cameron's Titanic movie. In it, the Carpathia racing to the rescue isn't shown (apart from a brief bit at the end that shows survivors on it).
In my opinion, what he did was amazing because all those people he helped were complete strangers, they were people he'd never met before, yet he was more than prepared to help and care for every survivor, regardless of their class or status. Since most of the survivors were women, it must have been heartbreaking to witness their grief as they came to realize that they'd lost their husbands, fathers or other relatives.Amazing? What makes what he did "amazing?" Would someone else do any less?
I agree that the positions of the two ships were probably wrong. However, I am struck by the number of contemporaneous crew member interviews of Carpathia,along with Bissett - who certainly isn't infallible - all mention the 17 knot number at the time, so it wasn't a legend constructed later after the event. One more point to debate.>>Michael said the Carpathia never done this speed, but from what I know countless research I did the Carpathia arrived at that speed. <<
No she didn't. You're parroting the legend, not the reality.
The ship wasn't even remotely capable of doing that speed. Part of the misunderstanding stems from the fact that the real position of the Titanic was 13 miles closer then the position that was given.